Just and Open reporting
Your contributor for ILAFFT in the December edition is to be commended for a candid and thought-provoking piece that will have benefitted many. However, I could not help but be disappointed that they chose to remain anonymous. We should all feel able to put our names to our experiences without the fear of negative criticism so that others may better learn from them. Would I have done things differently if faced with the same circumstances? Yes, but as is always the case in aviation, if you ask twenty pilots, you will get twenty different answers! In the military, we have what we call a Just and Open reporting culture and for the most part it works. The catalyst for us was Nimrod and Haden-cave. Perhaps civil aviation has a little catching up to do? It does take buy-in from all involved, and aircrew, air traffickers and engineers should not fear for their reputations or their jobs when reporting. Instead they should be applauded for helping to head off a future accident or incident.
Roderick Royce, Grantham